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council meeting. i did not know we were doing this, but we have begun translating the annual test reports that all parents get in the mail. parents are getting them in their native languages which is a huge step forward. it has been a lot of work, apparently, but it was very much appreciated. i wanted to add my thanks, it is a big improvement. commissioner fewer: on october 19, i attended the school district's first annual lgbt family center. it was a smashing success. i think they thought 50 people would show up and it was packed. clearly next year, will have to have a larger venue. i would like to thank staff for
putting this on. this was a fun event and i felt that everyone who attended had a great spirit, very family feeling, and i hope that next year we will have more families that will participate. at this time, i would like to make an appointment to my advisory committee. i would like to appoint edwin yuen to the bilingual council. he is bilingual in spanish and chinese and is the parent of a daughter. commissioner maufas: the select committee meeting is this thursday over in city hall starting at 3:30. i wanted to say before this meeting is over -- president mendoza: do you know what the topic --
commissioner maufas: an update on the shipyard school district. >> i got my test back a few weeks ago in chinese and i could not read it. my mom was bashing on me and i could not read it. why didn't i get one in english? >> everybody got them in english in august and it took a month to get them translated. that is why you got a copy in chinese after word. commissioner murase: i wanted to report on the rules committee meeting that met on monday, october 24 for action. we reviewed the online board of education policies. we are going very deep into that process trying to bring the board policies on line. i invite my colleagues to join
in on that. we will probably need back for recommendation in december. we reviewed the policy for committing non 7 it is residents to the school of the arts, and when so was started, there was a hard cap recommended of 10% of out of district students. it was unknown to the staff, so the principle has made a commitment in the coming year to really keep to that, because currently they have 60% overall out of district students. some departments are as high as 39%. one of the arguments given to us was that there aren't enough qualified seven it is students. i am here to say that san francisco students should apply. we want to see lots of applicants and phyllis many
spaces as possible with san francisco students. there are some exceptions, when there is a need for a particular baritone or tenor who to invite and out of district students, but we would like to have as many san francisco students applied as we can. under state and federal policy, there have been bullying measures signed by the governor, and this thursday, the district attorney is hosting a very important cyber bullying event for the middle school families that is open to the public and will be at marina middle school from 6:00 to 7:30 on thursday. really targeting families and what they should know about cyber bullying. it is hard to keep up with. there is a lot going on with sell funds and social media has
tools for really some very negative behavior. it is a very important event. commissioner norton: i forgot to say that the next meeting of the curriculum and program committee will be on monday november 7 and we will have at 4:00 p.m., slightly earlier than usual. >> commissioners, i wanted to say that the superintendent as i mentioned earlier is in boston for the council of the great city schools, i want you to know that we are honored that we will have the two presentations that this national convening including san francisco unified staff. from the research and accountability department, they will be presenting on our partnership with stanford university and our counsel. we will be presenting an immigration issues with students.
we are honored to have this representation. commissioner fewer: i would like to make an announcement that the budget committee will meet this thursday, october 27 at 5:00 p.m. in this room. we are inviting everyone to attend. we will have an exciting discussion about the state but the engine support services. >> is always really thrilling. >> adjusting case not all the commissioners , in every department, we have students go out once a week to middle schools to a guest who teach middle school kids about the arts that we do. that is one way we are recruiting students. >> and you're doing this in san
francisco middle schools? [laughter] commissioner yee: i would really like to say, several of us were there yesterday morning, and the mission high school community was treated really treated by a former michigan high school student. there was some article -- the panel that he had with them, his wife and the peter -- and peter.
one other, i should know his name. the message they sent to the students was pretty consistent to them that in order for them to the to get to any level, you need to focus now and be the best person to do the best you can. i am just an ordinary person that focused on what my passion was. >> i want to thank them and his wife cindy, they were
phenomenal. he was there from 8:00 in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon. the principal was beside himself. the left to the classrooms and said hello to the students. he had a panel discussion with a very informal conversation to the kids, and they could pretty much as can anything. he did a 10 minute or 20 minute stint with the kids practicing on stage and performed with the kids. he mentioned being 16 years old and performing with carlos santana. it was just great, there were 15 students on stage. the students exited and he played for us for another half- hour. it was a delight. he donated, the drums and guitars. he is commissioning a mural to be painted in the hallway, and
he really wanted to congratulate the kids because 85 percent were going on to college. we have a much higher rate of graduation this last year. he was thrilled and honored to be amongst the kids and they were thrilled and honored to be with him. a couple of other thank yous. the educational partnership celebrated the tenth anniversary. the deputy superintendent and i had the opportunity to go to their celebration. it is filipino history month. i wanted to thank cbs and the park. they took out 50 of the kids from the marina middle school. they had the street team from cirque du soleil come and run the obstacle course.
lee will install on lighting, it will be on the time morceli will be able to save funding on that. the kids came out, they did a drawing for premier tickets for tonight for five of our students. and they would not put them down, they were doing these obstacle courses and they would not set their tickets down. it was really fantastic. i wanted to invite everybody, especially the alums to the dance on november 5. it will be a really great party and a great fundraiser for the school as well. >> and the jazz band will be performing, i am in that. that is kind of cool. >> our president is very humbled
but she was also awarded and recognized at the banquet this saturday night for her contributions to the community. congratulations. [applause] president mendoza: thank you. regular board meeting announcements. our next regular board meeting falls on november 8, all of you should know is a special day. it is election day. our board meeting is going to get changed to tuesday, november 15 here in the boardroom. no board meeting on tuesday, november 8. >> it will run my routine. >> but you only have one board meeting this month. if there is no other announcements, a report of the closed session actions of october 18, 2011.
motion carries. at this point, i would call for public comment. >> we have a couple of speaker cards today. >> my name is espinola jackson. i come to you because the last time i have a conversation with you are when you have a combined meeting, this is dealing with the community college. i would like to give you my history. we started the human rights commission in 1962. in 1972, the citizens of san francisco -- because of that,
there was litigation. land was given to do what it desired to do. they first offered us the bill, and we said no. we wanted a community college. the subject would come up like nursing. the class's were closed. we knew what the needs were. we still have been fighting for issues that we have been going through for 50 years. and i am tired. i want you all, as of this day, i want you to have your staff cease and desist, make a decision for what goes on at southeast community college. it is the responsibility of that commission, it was a mandate
that we have a commission, and that the community with the desire what goes on in that college, and education and training facility. it is not for what ever you think you might want to have. once my commission says this is what the community wants, then they can come to you. but at this day, i want you have your staff to cease and desist because i went to a meeting last friday at the chancellor's dated to may, what you're talking about we can't do because they said that we can only have the fourth floor. your staff doesn't make decisions on what happens to that college. when you were set up, i did not know you were being set up and because you weren't even established at that time. it was the public works and the
water department. and there are a lot of other things that we were not informed of until 1996. i want you all just to stop because i am getting too old to be stressed. and have my community come to seme. the majority of them are not going to speak. i liked to stand a better in support of what i am saying to you today. thank you very much. >> ms. jackson, a couple quick questions so i can get my arms around it. is mr. moses here? >> he had an operation a couple of weeks ago. if you look at when the commission was set up, it was the community that hired mr.
moses. it was not the city. his own staff -- when he leaves, and i believe he has been there 20 years, he should be about ready to retire, it would be up to the community to decide who we want to make sure that we get what we started off -- we have not changed our plans. who >> let me ask you a follow- up question. when we were out there a few months ago, we had a chance to hear from them being. -- the dean. he's here, right? >> no, he's not -- i don't think he's here. >> maybe i can help. as i think everyone here what it meant, that facility has been
underutilized for some time. he community college district was failing to offer a number of class is, they were closing class is down. they have another center out and cutting other class is. we got involved because we have a responsibility to make that a vibrant building that is good for the things that you wanted to be. we have suggested a number of things to the community college district. we have met with the chancellor for a long time. based on our suggestions, they added classism and are starting to make it more vibrant. but we don't think this is the only possibility for that building. so we have been looking at other choices that we plan on bringing back to the southeast commission and say that these things look like choices also. do they work? because of that, interestingly enough, the other genes have
decided that since it is now a vibrant place, they want back then in a building they were planning on the abandoning in many ways. we're figuring out how to share the space. there have been afternoons were you seeing no one. it sits empty and having no one uses it is not to anyone's benefit. we're trying to figure out how to program the building to make sense, but nothing will be done without you folks to make sure that everyone is aware of what is going on. city college has flipped on that building so many times from abandoning it to meeting all of it. they're not very good partners, frankly. >> can i make a correction? we have had several deans. they didn't do their job. we could not do anything about it until some of us learned what was going on.
we had them removed and we demanded that we have a young man to become the dean of that school. he is not the dna. in order to talk to these young brothers and bring them in. to bring back the nursing program and bring back programs that we had. this young man was part of that movement. the reason it is going out is because of the change. they had to go get a woman that was the dean of that college. they had to get her out of retirement to come and go with me because of the fact that i am saying what has happened and what is going on. and she is making sure that she went back and told him, what was going on there. what mrs. jackson is saying is a fact. she did a report, and guess
what? yes, they are on the road to recovery because of the fact that we passed and acted on a commission because they told they couldn't do anything. i said, yes, you can do something. that is the reason why i requested when roger it was the ceo to set up a commission that the department of public works into the water department would be responsible for that building. and when i come here this last year, i guess it was last year, i am hearing that you own the building and you can do what you want with it? that is not true. you cannot do that. we are not the garbage dump for the city that we have been all these years. >> we are your partners. and we are the ones helping that
building. >> when they had the meeting, i ask that you come into the meeting. that is why you got involved, because i requested it. have the meeting, a combined meeting with the college and your staff came. i am the one that gave that request because they were unaware of what they were supposed to be doing. i am a fair person. i want you to be fair with my community. i want you to listen to what we want and not what you may think will be good. i have people coming in that says that they are going into the building. you're not going into my building because you're not an educational system. everything that we fought for we are still fighting for. just last week, i went to human rights. all those that were set up in
1962, is on their agenda. nothing has been done. everything that we ever got we have had to fight for. nobody is giving us nothing. don't shoved something down my throat and tell me that you're going to do this. we fought for it. you didn't do nothing. but make sure that that building would be taking care of with the services that we wanted. when you became a commission. i have never seen your charter. >>, miss jackson, thank you. i'm just trying to get my arms around, because i take it seriously, the cease and desist order. the commissioners, we don't direct staff. i want to figure out -- >> new director general manager to wait until we come together.
there is a meeting tomorrow and if you want to send one of your staff to the meeting, it is the governor's committee where we will be discussing what we need to be doing with you and everybody else in this city. >> and i want to work with you directly. the last time i found it not only educational, but in lightning. and the documents you distributed i went over with a fine tooth comb, and that is the history. promises that were made are promises that have to be kept. i am feeling like i need a little more help to help. i want to be engaged. that way i can be a conduit home and assist you in the way you want. >> thank you very much. >> my name is oscar james, i am
a bayview hunters point resident. i was a commissioner when we accepted the property for the college. we had a bayview hunters point college with city college courses, berkeley campus courses, and san francisco state courses. three months prior to it being opened, the defunded if. of the programs had to be self sustaining and that is why the city college is there by themselves now. when we had all those other courses and all of those other facilities, the place was packed. you say you're having problems keeping the building filled. he brings some of those campuses back. it will help people for that area of education.
he became a phd with some of the courses there. those of the type of things we need. but that is our property. we're not going to let anyone take our property. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> commissioners, my name is francisco decosta. i come from time to time to address issues not only of the community but issues that have all of san francisco. espinola jackson, you know her very well. very well. she has been not only a fighter,